Dan Svarth (b. 1942) is a Danish designer. Dan Svarth has designed furniture, as well as researched and written about historical furniture. He is also a skilled model builder and he participates in a wide range of exhibitions.
He studied at the Kunsthåndvrærkerskolen, Copenhagen, to 1967, furniture design, Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi, to 1969.
In 1962, he was a cabinetmaker’s apprentice.
In 1969, he worked with Herman Olsen.
In 1971, he set up his own design studio. From 1973, he taught furniture design at the Skoien for Brugskunst (formerly Det Tekniske Selskabs Skoler) and, from 1974, in the furniture school of Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi. His furniture designs were produced by Jörgen V. Hansen. In 1972 Dan started as an employee with Poul Kjærholm’s design studio and he worked here up until Kjærholms death in 1980.
Dan Svarth spent years researching, drawing, and modelling Egyptian furnishings at a 1:5 scale. He concluded that the ancient Egyptians used steam-bending technology to shape and form wood for their chariots and furniture. This is the first record of steam-bending technology used in the fabrication of furniture.
He received the 1966 Johannes Krøiers award, the 1966 L.F. Foghts award (of the Kunsthåndvrerkerskolen), and the 1970 and 1973 Danish State art awards.
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